Phil Hill -- Alfa Romeo 8C2900B / Bill Pollack -- Allard-Cadillac

This looks like the first lap or an early lap of the 1951 main event at Pebble Beach. 

Phil Hill in the ex-Tommy Lee Alfa Romeo 8C2900B leads Bill Pollack in Tom Carstens' #14 Cad-Allard with three MGs following.  Dr. Skivington must have very quickly pivoted to take this next photo, as Pollack powered past Hill.

Speaking of Dr. Skivington and safety in general:  It seems to me that the good doctor is shooting from the exact impact zone of any car that for whatever reason might go off in that corner.  Note trees and other spectators -- scary!

On Phil Hill's Alfa Romeo:

"Although the Alfa Romeo 8C2900B had been built before the war, it was faster than almost all postwar sports cars.  Frank Griswold had won the first Watkins Glen race in one, and Phil Hill bought the ex-Tommy Lee car in hopes of advancing his career.  Pictured at Pebble Beach in 1951, Hill won the preliminary Del Monte Handicap, but could only finish fourth in the main.  The car was too heavy and too complicated for the conditions of early California racing, and Hill moved on to a Ferrari."

From "American Sports Car Racing in the 1950s" by Michael T. Lynch, William Edgar, and Ron Parravano, pg.47.

Next:  Jim Kimberly -- Ferrari 166 Pebble Beach, 1951

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